Big and Bold Pincushions

Don't spend time searching for your pincushion. Make a jumbo, tufted cushion in bright, lively prints and finding it will be a cinch!


What you'll need:

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  • 18x22-inch piece (fat quarter) red print (pincushion top and bottom)
  • 18x22-inch piece (fat quarter) red polka dot (pincushion side, button)
  • Two 18x22-inch pieces fusible interfacing
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Two 1-1/2-inch-diameter buttons to cover
  • Dollmaker's needle
  • Water-soluble marking pen

Finished pincushion: 6x6x3 inches

Quantities are for 44/45-inch-wide, 100-percent cotton fabrics.

Measurements include 1/4-inch seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Download Patterns for Big and Bold Pincushions

Cut fabric:

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Cut pieces in the following order. (Pattern B has two sections. To make a full-size pattern measuring 12-1/2 inches long, trace both sections on one large sheet of paper, overlapping shaded areas.)

Be sure to transfer the dots (matching points) to the patterns, then to the fabric pieces.

Following manufacturer's instructions, fuse each red print and red polka dot 18x22-inch rectangle to fusible interfacing to reinforce pattern pieces; let cool.

From fused red print, cut: Two of Pattern A

From fused red polka dot, cut: Two each of patterns B and C

Assemble pincushion:

  1. Using sharp scissors, clip into seam allowance along edges of red polka dot B strips at marked dots, but do not cut into or beyond seam lines.
  2. Layer and sew together B pieces across each short end to make a loop. Press seams open.
  3. Matching dots, sew one long edge of loop to a red print A square.
  4. Repeat step 3, joining remaining red print A square to unsewn edge of loop, leaving a 2-inch opening along one edge for turning.
  5. Turn pincushion right side out. Stuff firmly with fiberfill. Hand-sew opening closed.
  6. Following manufacturer's instructions, cover each button using a red polka dot C circle.
  7. Thread dollmaker's needle with double length of thread; knot end. Stitch down through center of pincushion; sew through button shank of first button and back through center of pincushion. Sew through button shank of second button on opposite side of pincushion. Repeat as needed, pulling thread tight to gather pincushion at center. Tie off ends of thread.
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